Broncos Advance With 9-8 Squeaker

It looked tough, going into another team's home turf and beating them in the WAC Tournament, despite being the higher seed. It certainly was. Boise State fell behind New Mexico State 8-0, then gradually erased the deficit to post a 9-8 win the first round in Las Cruces, New Mexico.



Boise
 
State

's highly-anticipated opener in the Western Athletic Conference softball tournament nearly ended in disaster.


 


Host
 
New Mexico
 
State

 rocked the Broncos for four runs in each of the first two innings, exploding to an 8-0 lead.  

Boise
 
State

 then proceeded to erase the eight-run deficit and post a thrilling 9-8 win to advance to the second round.




New Mexico
 
State

, who had been waiting at home all this time for the Broncos to arrive in 

Las Cruces

, opened with a flurry.  Shortstop Kylie Randall and Centerfielder Kandis Jones opened the game with singles.  Tiare Jennings fouled out and 

Boise
 
State

 chose to intentionally walk Aggie star Hoku Nohara to load the bases.  Ashley Maroda ruined those plans by promptly doubling in two.  Angie Ortega followed with an RBI single of her own and after a Tiffany Autry popup, Brittany Clifton singled in Maroda to make it 4-0, 

New Mexico
 
State

.


The Aggies poured it on in the second frame with four more runs aided significantly by three Bronco errors.  

New Mexico
 
State

 led 8-0 and the home crowd was going wild.
 
But 

Boise
 
State

 rebounded.
 
Holly Bourke doubled to left to get the Broncos started in the bottom half of the second.  Pitcher Allie Crump singled and both were brought hope thanks to a three-run homer by Kelly Sweeney.  Tazz Weatherly made it back-to-back with a solo shot of her own and four runs were on the scoreboard for the Broncos.


Meanwhile, reliever Lela Work mowed down nine consecutive Aggies in the third, fourth and fifth to give her team a chance to come back.  They did.

Christina Capobianco, who belted 

Boise
 
State

's first-ever grand slam last week, hit another blast in the fifth.

The Broncos trailed 8-5 entering the sixth inning but were not to be denied.  Leftfielder Kellie Caplan hit a shot to left center for a double.  Jessica Hanna doubled to plate Caplan and move the Lady Broncos within two.  After Torrey Schroeder took over on the mound for the Aggies, Kathy Cox blasted a two-run homer to tie the game at 8. 

Vanessa Alvarez walked and moved to second on a Capobianco single.  Bourke flied out to left, but Work's grounder enabled both runners to advance.  A walk to Sweeney loaded the bases and Weatherly took one for the team, getting hit by a Schroeder pitch.  Alvarez scored what turned out to be the winning run for the Broncos.


Work struck out two Aggies in the seventh to earn the win.  She was phenomenal in relief, allowing just one hit and one walk in five innings while striking out six.  Her clutch pitching and the tenacity of the entire Bronco team sent 

Boise
 
State

 against #2-seed 

Fresno
 
State

 tomorrow afternoon.  That contest will begin at 
2 p.m.
 Mountain time. 

If 

Boise
 
State

 wins, they are assured to worse than third in the tournament.  If 

Fresno
 
State

 wins, the Broncos must come back and win two more games to get at least third.  BroncoSports.com will have live audio of the game and WACSports.com will televise the game.

Good luck to the Lady Broncos!

!

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